America the Beautiful

When I went to sleep last night, Donald Trump was ahead in the polls. When I awoke at 4:30am today, I learned he was our president elect. The people, the electorate have spoken. Republican. The Presidency. The House. The Senate .

As my reaction shifted very quickly from disbelief to dismay to the understanding that it is what it is, my next awareness was "I never thought I'd be praying for Donald Trump." Then came the realization that he also needed my positive thoughts, my light, my loving energy. And not just mine. This man needs all of the positive thoughts, light and loving energy this country has to give, not just to survive, but to thrive as president. For the greater good of our country and the world.

I'm thinking now of our very first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln. I believe him to be the best and most important president in the history of the USA.

This man literally gave his life for preservation of our country. He understood that the union would not survive with slavery, and he tirelessly fought endless battles to abolish it. From the Emancipation Proclamation issued on January 1, 1863, to the Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery, formally adopted as law on December 18, 1865. He intuitively understood that this was his life's calling, and he had premonitions of his assassination as a result of his actions.

Sure enough, Lincoln didn't live to see the final adoption of Amendment XIII, or the implementation of his plan for reconstruction of the country after the Civil War. Due to that bullet shot into the back of his head by John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865. John could not abide by Lincoln's agenda.

So he killed him. He didn't understand love. He just knew fear-based ignorance and hatred.

Mother Teresa, when asked why she never attended anti war protests, responded something to the effect of "If you tell me of a pro peace demonstration, I'll attend that."

She understood the power of love, the power of intention. She knew that, always, love wins.

So, Donald, I'm going to pray for you. And not just my generic God bless our leaders with wisdom and discernment prayer. More than that, I'm going to send loving intentions, healing energy and healing light to you, the House, and the Senate every day of your term. I'm going to image our leaders being wise and discerning.

OK, Donald, let's make America great again.

    Let's decrease poverty. Love wins.

  Let's decrease gun violence. Love wins.

  Let's decrease the tolerance for racism. Love wins.

  Let's support ways for all people to choose life. Love wins.

  Let's improve education programs for all our children. Love wins.

  Let's support respectful international dialogue and peace. Love wins.

  Let’s be good stewards of our humanity, helping refugees fleeing from danger. Love wins

  Let's embrace our diversity of cultures and faith traditions here and around the world. Love wins.

And to the entire government "of the people, by the people, for the people" - what if personal agendas are set aside and common focus placed on what is truly best for our country?

And to the people - what if we collectively choose love over fear every single day, moment, second? Just think - how great America will be when we individually and consistently adopt an attitude of true gratitude for what we have, and a regular practice of sharing our lives and blessings with others near and far, regardless of race, nationality, religion and/or ethnicity. WWLD? What would love do?

It would be beautiful.

Key the music.

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O beautiful for spacious skies,

For amber waves of grain,

For purple mountain majesties

Above the fruited plain!

America! America! God shed His grace on thee,

And crown thy good with brotherhood

From sea to shining sea!

 

O beautiful for pilgrim feet,

Whose stern impassion’d stress

A thoroughfare for freedom beat

Across the wilderness!

America! America! God mend thine ev’ry flaw,

Confirm thy soul in self-control,

Thy liberty in law!

 

O beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife,

Who more than self their country loved,

And mercy more than life!

America! America! May God thy gold refine

Till all success be nobleness,

And ev’ry gain divine!

 

O Beautiful for patriot dream

That sees beyond the years

Thine alabaster cities gleam,

Undimmed by human tears!

America! America! God shed His grace on thee,

And crown thy good with brotherhood

From sea to shining sea!*

 

I know you may not be ready to let go of your dismay, horror, embarrassment for our country... yet. I honor where you are and encourage you to be present to that, to make time and space for it. Then, when you're ready, consider thinking of one thing you can do to make life better around you. Then commit to making it real. It can be small, a baby step. In fact, that's the best way to transform, as it can happen without overwhelm. And it will have ripple effects, little baby step ripples that grow into waves of compassion and action.

Mohandas K (Mahatma) Gandhi said it best: Be the change you wish to see in the world.

 

*America the Beautiful

by Katharine Lee Bates – 1913

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